Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What word accurately describes Spunk?

2. Who is clinging to Spunk in Chapter 2?

3. Which character is described as a giant, brown-skinned man?

4. Who encourages Joe to hurt Spunk?

5. Where does Spunk lead the men in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you admire Spunk or despise him? Why?

2. Do you feel sorry for Joe? Why or why not?

3. How does the point of view affect the reader's perspective in Chapter 1?

4. Describe the scene surrounding Joe's death.

5. When Joe enters the store in Chapter 1, how is he treated?

6. What is fascinating about Spunk? In finishing Chapter 1, what do you predict will happen to him?

7. Describe the setting for this story as given in the beginning of Chapter 1.

8. How is Lena characterized in Chapter 1? Do you think this is a favorable description?

9. In what way does this story address justice?

10. At what point does Spunk become paranoid that Joe is haunting him? How does this relate to his occupation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several instances of irony in Hurston's book. Identify at least one of these instances and describe why Hurston may have used irony when describing this particular situation.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the deaths of Joe and Spunk. How is the way each of them die reflective of their characters?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Joe and Spunk. How are their lives different? How are the characters the same?

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